About Lepchajagat


kanchendzunga view from LepchajagatThe word
 Tinchuley It is not a National Park or wildlife sanctuary, Lepchajagat makes a convenient diversion for people visiting the popular tourist town of Darjeeling. Lepchajagat is a small village located in wilderness at an altitude of 6,956 ft and only 19kms away from Darjeeling hill town. Although it's quite close to Darjeeling's main hub and takes only about 45 minutes by taxi, it has a world of its own. It is justifiable famous for stunning views of the Mt. Kanchenjunga massif, its reach bird life and its tranquillity.
If you are a nature lover or looking for a romantic stay for couple of days, then Lepchajagat is the place for you. I know of many who actually combine a short stay in Lepchajagat with their visits to Darjeeling just to blend the vacation with an offbeat stay and amidst nature. As the name suggests, it once used to be a hamlet of the Lepcha tribes. The word 'Jagat' actually means "the world', so it was the world of the lepchas. Subsequently it was taken over by the West Bengal Forest development Corporation (WBFDC) and now a reserved forest area.

 

Best time to visit Tinchuley: October to April is a great time to enjoy the nature in Lepchajagat. However note that nights and early mornings in winter can be very cold. Avoid monsoon (June - September) as it can rain almost anytime and the trails won't be suitable for treks or walks.

How to reach: You can get pre-paid taxis from NJP or Bagdogra for Lepchajagat. It takes about 3.5 hours to reach from NJP/Bagdogra (by the normal route - Hill Cart Road or Pankhabari via Ghoom). Alternatively you will also get shared jeeps from NJP and Siliguri to Ghoom. From there take a cab to the lodge.